Footy World Cup - NZ V Peru



  • @Kirwan I think this calls for a trip to Wellington as we were the obvious good luck charm back in 2010 🙂

    Truly excited but not expectant for these two legs. If Peru beat us at home, it is all over Mary, wipe ya leg!

    We need Wood and Reid to be fit to stand any chance.

    Reasonable Ticket Prices, starting at $59.

    If you haven't been to a football game and have a mild interest, I urge you to go to this game if you're in the area, it is a fun atmosphere wuite different to Rugby. Kind of funnier, if you will.

    I went in 2010 and it was one of the most enjoyable sprting events I have been to.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/football/world-game/97929045/new-zealand-football-sets-affordable-ticket-prices-for-intercontinental-playoff-against-peru



  • Agree about the atmosphere, was one of the best crowds I've ever been in.



  • Yeah as a non soccer fan who went to get behind the lads it was amazing. We got late extra seating tickets about 2 rows back on half way. Shirts off with 10 to go. Haven't been to an atmosphere as good (although state of O at suncorp was awesome....and hopefully the ABs this weekend there will be to)



  • I'm going down to the game again. We might even be sitting in a similar position to where we were in 2010.



  • This is the most excited I've been about a game of soccer since 2010.

    Bring it on.



  • Wood is not starting. He's on the bench. That's not great.



  • No one else watching?

    Seems our go to strategy is to hoof the ball downfield and hope.



  • Holy shit. Heart in mouth as we almost concede a horror goal



  • @damo said in Footy World Cup - NZ V Peru:

    No one else watching?

    Seems our go to strategy is to hoof the ball downfield and hope.

    Route 1 all the way Jose



  • The beauty of Soccer is anything can happen on the day. We'll need to ride our luck a fair bit and hope for something tinny at their end of the field.

    Mildly annoyed that this overlaps with the Kiwis vs Tonga - comon NZ sort out your sports scheduling.



  • Good passage of play from the All Whites, Peru showing some frustration early.



  • Meanwhile 30,000 plus spectators are sitting there thinking ‘oh this is what we never go to football games..’



  • 0-0 at the half is a great result so far, the deeper we take it the more frustrated Peru will get.

    Wood is a big loss, he is exactly the guy we need to pull something off - he'll probably get a run late in the game if it's still in the balance.



  • What's wrong with Wood?



  • @canefan tight hamstring.



  • Fanks. Hopefully we get at least a draw so we can save Wood for the winner take all final leg



  • Kiwi goalie keeps our clean sheet with a cracking save



  • Huge chance for us now



  • Fuck I'm sick of the hollywood bullshit in Soccer.



  • We were odds on to score then after the keeper parried the shot, but a butterfly hit one of the Peru players knocking him down.



  • FUUUUUUCCKK!!!



  • Ooooohhhhhhh, man that was close



  • Is there any problems with altitude in Lima as there is in some of those countries round that area.



  • 0-0, we'll take that! No away goal for Peru so we're right in this.



  • @no-quarter Agree, well done lads!



  • 0-0??

    Sounds riveting..... don't think i will bother watching the replay currently on.



  • @baron-silas-greenback

    The Soccer Blacks didn't lose, unlike the League Blacks tonight which is what I won't be watching a replay of.



  • @canerbry said in Footy World Cup - NZ V Peru:

    @baron-silas-greenback

    The Soccer Blacks didn't lose, unlike the League Blacks tonight which is what I won't be watching a replay of.

    I won't watch the league either......



  • @Baron-Silas-Greenback not the kind of game you'd watch knowing the result. The tension is more "can we ride our luck and pull off a bullshit goal at the end to snatch it against a team ranked 100 places above us". In that sense, it was bloody tense and we came within a couple of inches of doing just that.



  • @no-quarter said in Footy World Cup - NZ V Peru:

    @Baron-Silas-Greenback not the kind of game you'd watch knowing the result. The tension is more "can we ride our luck and pull off a bullshit goal at the end to snatch it against a team ranked 100 places above us". In that sense, it was bloody tense and we came within a couple of inches of doing just that.

    That was a cracking game. I enjoyed it and swore like a sailor when Thomas(?) put that half volley wide.

    When Wood came on you could immediatly see his class. Time on the ball that others don't have.

    Was listening to Trackside this mornign and apparently they knew earlier in week that Wood probably only has 120mins in him so he was never going to start that game but wanted to give him a few minutes and tehn start him in Lima.

    Reid and our Goalie were huge.



  • Pundits and ex-players in Peru don't rate us, with one great labelling us as a "Team of the 80s ". They should beat us but it doesn't hurt that they are heaping more pressure on themselves. We need to keep things tight for as long as possible, trying to turn the game into a war of attrition because the longer the hosts go without getting ahead the more nervous they'll feel



  • First 20 minutes or so, Peru looked like they were just going to slice the AWs apart but the structure seemed to work well and Peru didn't get much space and didn't have an outstanding individual to scare us. Really missed Wood as NZ aren't good enough to short pass from back to front and lobbing the ball to the midget forwards just saw it come straight back.

    Wood did really well when he came on - he is a big unit and cannot be shunted off the ball and is also skilled enough to control it. Lewis is probably the other key player as a goal is needed in Peru, Rojas just doesn't seem strong enough despite some silky skills - and he always looks buggered after an hour. Defence did well to limit the chances and Reid showed why having just one centre back playing at a high level can make a huge difference. Really need him to be able to play 90 minutes in the 2nd leg - West Ham can do without him if necessary!

    Enjoyed the game for the tension but not the football.



  • @kiwipie said in Footy World Cup - NZ V Peru:

    First 20 minutes or so, Peru looked like they were just going to slice the AWs apart but the structure seemed to work well and Peru didn't get much space and didn't have an outstanding individual to scare us. Really missed Wood as NZ aren't good enough to short pass from back to front and lobbing the ball to the midget forwards just saw it come straight back.

    Wood did really well when he came on - he is a big unit and cannot be shunted off the ball and is also skilled enough to control it. Lewis is probably the other key player as a goal is needed in Peru, Rojas just doesn't seem strong enough despite some silky skills - and he always looks buggered after an hour. Defence did well to limit the chances and Reid showed why having just one centre back playing at a high level can make a huge difference. Really need him to be able to play 90 minutes in the 2nd leg - West Ham can do without him if necessary!

    Enjoyed the game for the tension but not the football.

    Do you think we can nick it in Lima? My head and heart are saying yes but I have a strong heart and weak head.



  • @hooroo Yes but it might have to be after a 0-0 and penalties. If Peru score early I can see them winning easily ....



  • @kiwipie said in Footy World Cup - NZ V Peru:

    @hooroo Yes but it might have to be after a 0-0 and penalties. If Peru score early I can see them winning easily ...

    I would hake that in a heartbeat!



  • @hooroo I'd be thanking cod!



  • @hooroo said in Footy World Cup - NZ V Peru:

    I would hake that in a heartbeat!

    It's soccer. One good fluke and you win.



  • A flukey early goal to us forcing them to score twice is on my wish list. We defend like men possessed but concede with half an hour to go then nick an unlikely goal as Peru press for the winner.

    More likely result 4-0 😞



  • I won't repeat comments about the game but we were at the end with most of the action, (i.e., the early Marinovic save, and the near miss from Thomas at the end). Reid was immense and often ended up defending out wide. Peru was disappointing for their ranking.

    I thought the atmosphere was much better than at the Bahrain game, mainly because of the Peruvian fans, who contributed to the occasion. I spoke to a few, and many had flown over from Aust.

    It was good to visit the Little Beer Quarter and we ended the night at Hashigo Zake.

    The return leg will be tough, but if the All Whites can be in the game at HT anything is possible.



  • @bovidae said in Footy World Cup - NZ V Peru:

    I won't repeat comments about the game but we were at the end with most of the action, (i.e., the early Marinovic save, and the near miss from Thomas at the end). Reid was immense and often ended up defending out wide. Peru was disappointing for their ranking.

    I thought the atmosphere was much better than at the Bahrain game, mainly because of the Peruvian fans, who contributed to the occasion. I spoke to a few, and many had flown over from Aust.

    It was good to visit the Little Beer Quarter and we ended the night at Hashigo Zake.

    The return leg will be tough, but if the All Whites can be in the game at HT anything is possible.

    Hashigo Zake always reminds me of the pub in Inglourious Basterds, the one where Michael Fassbenders faux pas essentially fucks up the mission for everyone. Awesome beer selection though, you always leave wishing you'd tried just one more.

    This is about as good as it gets in terms of contributing to a football thread from me.


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